An Andre Johnson fight with Cortland Finnegan appeared inevitable. Yet the Andre Johnson fight went above and beyond any retaliatory expectations. When CBS first caught the action, they showed the Texans receiver landing blows on the Titans’ cornerback after their helmets were ripped off. This created an ugly scene, and got both players ejected and subject to fines, at the least. However, new reports suggest that the Cortland Finnegan-Andre Johnson fight was planned in advance by Finnegan.
The two had clashed heavily all game, with Johnson getting the advantage over Finnegan. The Texans receiver had a touchdown catch, while the Titans were on their way to a 20-0 defeat that further ruined their season. Yet the two kept going right until everything boiled over.
Finnegan and Johnson fought with multiple hands-to-the-face infractions, which were not called. After one final strike, Finnegan was attacked, and received several blows before things were finally broken up. The two were ejected from the game, with their altercation becoming the story of the day.
It is now up to Roger Goodell to decide on a punishment, with speculation that both could be suspended. For Johnson, his fate must be decided quickly, as the Texans have to face the Eagles on Thursday night. Yet, if he is suspended, there would be some backlash, given the evidence against Finnegan.
According to My Fox Houston, the scrap might have been planned in advance by Finnegan. Sources told the station that Finnegan said “Watch this” to the Texans sidelines seconds before he hit Johnson’s facemask.
Finnegan already has a reputation for being a dirty player, and had been getting under Johnson’s skin all game. Since the Titans were already doomed to defeat, he had little incentive to hold back. He had no comment for the media after the game, and has not said anything to answer these allegations yet.
Although the Cortland Finnegan-Andre Johnson fight will get both players disciplined, the question is whether one will get it worse than the other. Even if Finnegan did plan to instigate this, Johnson was the only one who actually landed any punches. If he gets a stiffer punishment for that, there is certain to be controversy.
The way that Goodell has handed out fines and suspensions has been debated all year, mostly for his new crackdown on hard hits. But this time, the issue is over a different kind of hit, just weeks after he docked Richard Seymour $25,000 for striking Ben Roethlisberger. However, the bar may or may not have been set higher in this incident.
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My Fox Houston- “Finnegan’s Actions Appear Premeditated”
Bleacher Report- “Houston Texans: Andre Johnson Fight Not a Big Deal”